Only Tested Love Is Blessed

About six years ago Dharmadevi and I had the very good fortune to meet our dear friend and gurubai, Tracey. Tracey blends heartfelt commitment to life and bright intelligence together into a united stream of faith and love for God. She is an inspiring person because she has walked through some very difficult experiences and yet her joy and love for God have only grown deeper.  As Swami Kriyananda says in a song, “Only tested love is blessed.” That sums … Read More

The Grace of the Guru

The dream started with me tied to the ground, perhaps half buried but not all the way. All I could feel was that I couldn’t move.  My gaze moved up to the top of the mountain to find an army of warriors, dressed in red and gold armor, with arrows ready to fire. I knew there was no way of getting out; their arrows were all pointed at me.  As they positioned their arms ready to fire, I felt fear … Read More

When We Need You, You Descend

I was desperate. After finding “success” through a job on Wall Street, what I really found was my life became increasingly restless, empty, and devoid of deeper meaning. At the time my life reflected Saint Augustine’s saying, “Our hearts are restless, Lord, until they find their rest in Thee.” Through the grace of God a thought entered my mind, “You should learn to meditate.” It was soft, simple, and clear. Thankfully, I followed this whisper from my soul. While in … Read More

New Year Resolutions

Upon realizing we are steadily approaching January 1st, I hurried to the nearest Target to buy a 2021 planner. I love planners as much as I love blank journals! I thought how wonderful it would be to ‘plan’ my whole year, or at least the next three months. It’s rather giggle-worthy when you consider how many people “planned” for 2020 and were thrown the ultimate curveball.   As I was shopping for a planner the initial excitement and urgency started to … Read More

Are You a Christian?

Dharmadevi and I were speaking with my mother last week to wish her happy holidays. During our conversation she told us that she had dinner with her sister and one of their local parish priests. Over the course of dinner my mother shared proudly (as moms do!) about Dharmadevi and me and our involvement in Ananda. With all the talk about how we teach meditation and yoga, the priest asked my mom, “Are they Christian?” My mother didn’t know exactly … Read More

Primitivism vs Simple Living

“Alexa, give me five minutes!” This command came easily from the lips of our two-and-a-half year old nephew who was told he needed to share his toy truck with his brother. “Alexa,” for those who don’t know, is a machine that utilizes artificial intelligence and voice recognition to do all sorts of things, including setting a timer. This story reminded me how clearly we have entered into Dwapara Yuga and how quickly the acceleration of technological advancements is happening. With … Read More

Bliss in Motion

Around 2010 Swami Kriyananda had a profound dream. In this dream, he saw many people, some of them greedy businessmen, some of them were criminals. He realized that all of them wanted just one thing: the bliss of their own being! Swami described the dream: “Some of them were capable only of understanding that concept on a lower octave: happiness, or pleasure, or even revenge. But everyone on earth really wanted, no matter how mistakenly they sought it, the same … Read More

Return to Simplicity

Dharmadevi and I have been talking about a new class series for couples titled, “Tiny Home, Expansive Marriage – How to Grow Closer Literally and Figuratively.”  Where did we get this playful idea? Recently we put a tiny home on our Ananda Desert Retreat. The Ananda Desert Retreat also has a 3 bedroom house on 30 acres in the high desert for personal and group seclusions. We visit “Sunshine” (the name of the tiny home) as a getaway from the … Read More

The Festival of Gratitude

What are you grateful for?  It’s been said that if you have one prayer in life, “Thank you!” would suffice.  Even though this year has been one of the most difficult globally and for many people personally, we still can find the hidden joy and secret of gratitude amidst the worst circumstances. Swami Kriyananda said, “Suffering is a result of delusion, not of outward circumstance. There have been people in the darkest dungeons and people suffering the worst diseases who … Read More

Spontaneous Willingness

Dharmadevi and I were trimming trees at our Ananda Desert Seclusion retreat this past weekend.  We were making kindling from some of the desert trees that needed tending for Navaratri – a nine day celebration to Divine Mother. When it came to clipping the big branches or breaking limbs in two, I was quite energetic and enthusiastic about our project. I used clippers and bare hands to create bunches of branches together. It was satisfying to clean up the retreat … Read More